Maryland football conference opponents announced for 2024, 2025 seasons

2023 will officially mark the final season featuring divisions within the Big Ten as the conference unveiled the new opponents for the 2024 season on Thursday, featuring the additions of UCLA and USC.

Along with a divisionless Big Ten, 2024 will also mark the first season of the ‘flex schedule’ in a format that features nine league games and at least one game against a protected rival. Maryland’s lone protected annual opponent is Rutgers as the Terps still hold the all-time series lead.

Teams will also have protected opponents they play in both 2024 and 2025 with Maryland locked in with both Indiana and Michigan, meaning the Terps will face Indiana, Michigan and Rutgers each year.

The Big Ten announced that Maryland will travel to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan and host Michigan State, Purdue, Rutgers, USC and Wisconsin in 2024. Maryland will then travel to Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers and UCLA and host Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State in 2025.

The other protected matchups within the Big Ten include Illinois-Northwestern, Illinois-Purdue, Indiana-Purdue, Iowa-Minnesota, Iowa-Nebraska, Iowa-Wisconsin, Michigan-Michigan State, Michigan-Ohio State, Minnesota-Wisconsin, and UCLA-USC.

Maryland is set to host USC for the first matchup ever between the two programs. While Maryland will not face UCLA in 2024, the two teams have split the two all-time matchups with the Terps winning the last game, 7-0, back in 1955.

With no divisions in the new-look Big Ten scheduling format, the top two teams will now compete in the Big Ten championship game. The Big Ten also announced that every Big Ten school will play both UCLA and USC at least once by the end of the 2025 season with each original conference member traveling to either USC or UCLA by 2025. Meanwhile, each Big Ten team will continue to play nine intraconference games per season and teams will play every other conference opponent at least twice — once home and once away — in a four-year period. Conference schedules will include 11 protected matchups that will continue to be played annually and feature a combination of historic and geographic rivalries, as well as trophy games.

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